Just a bit of fun!
I’ve been thinking about a shortlist of products that have changed my life. I just thought it would be fun to list just six products that have changed your life, and why. Preferably, in chronological order.
SPOILER ALERT: Roon is in my list.
- Linn LP12 - My first love. And probably my only love. (1987)
- Sony WM-D6C - I’ve almost worn this player out, it’s that good (1995)
- Canon EOS-1D Mark II - The first useable DSLR. And I’m still using it now. (2004)
- Chord Hugo - Still the best portable/desktop DAC, IMO. (2015)
- Apple iPad Pro 12.9” - It’s almost the ‘centre’ of my life. Kudos to Apple. (2015)
- Roon - Pure Music. That’s my definition. It’s that important to me. (2015)
Interesting topic and presuming we are using life changing in a very superficial sense
VCR I still remember the magic or watching recordings of Fawlty Towers and Morse that were just on at the wrong time. An evening-in that we could control what we watched - liberating and you could FF the ads
Coffee Filter machine, real coffee, filtered, the smell of beans freshly ground and brewing.
IPod, truly revolutionary I don’t think I need to explain why
Yep Roon would make many list too, but with the caveat that if it had not been realised I’d probably be streaming by some other method that would be listed here
HAF filters. The best audio upgrade I’ve ever had. I have 3 sets of filters with 3 subsets, general, smooth and less bass and within these I have just room correction, room correction with x-talk and room correction with less x-talk and these can make nearly 99% of recording sound good which is my goal, not having a subset of recording that sound wonderful and another fall larger subset where we say our system is revealing of poorer recordings.
Linn LP12/ Ittok LVII/Troika + Naim Active Six-Pack + Linn Isobarik certainly changed my life instantly right at the moment I saw & listened to them.
It’s real pity & sad that Naim is no longer the same Naim I saw 10+ years ago, Linn is still my beloved & favorite HIFI firm.
Age 13…mother bought me a record player…I discovered rock music.
Age 14…beer…need I say more.
Age 15… I discovered you could get a bicycle with an engine slung below it. 1 Humanpower to 30 Horsepower, no contest.
Age 16… sex.
Age 17…passed driving test and started a never ending succession of cars.
Age 18…left home.
Think that just about covers the important stuff.
Too much information (from me, not you).
I do think my rediscovery of music over the past 3 1/2 years has been somewhat lifechanging. Thanks to Roon, Tidal, Qobuz, Audirvana, and Apple Music.
I gave up all my adrenalin producing hobbies and music is an age appropriate replacement. And, if I owned a bunch of LP’s, I’m sure I would be into vinyl up to my eyebrows.
Good thread, but hard to choose!
- My first “midi system” (is that what we called them?). Basically, something to play records and cassettes on and, of course, listen to the radio (John Peel!).
- My first CD player. I was late to the party with a Technics player that I bought in (I think) 1993. Digital music greatly enhanced my musical apprecaition (sorry @AceRimmer)
- Satellite TV (Sky, here in the UK). My viewing world opened up, but with a price tag.
- Sky+. The ability to record and, later, download shows. Much better than streaming because it doesn’t drop out. I worked with somebody who used to tell me that Sky+ changed his life. You know what, he was right.
- Smart phones. Even 20 years ago I wouldn’t have believed that we can walk round with a tiny computer in our pockets.
- Roon - of course! Music is more pleasurable when using it. I don’t know why, but it is.
Dolby B was a game-changer for the compact cassette. Magic!
I just loved my old TDK MA-R cassettes. Long gone now, unfortunately…
I used Maxell MX 110’s! I bought in bulk…first thing I did after getting a box was unwrap them, open the jewel case and sniff the cassette…metal tape had it’s own distinct scent
Folks, the NES should be number seven on the list.
Same LP12 setup that I had I fed a Quad 34 405-II and ESL 63’s
Who invented CD’s , I got an early Marantz xxx then a Linn Karik
All with Nakamichi’s culminating in the CR7e
To answer … more from audio point of view
I suppose there is one real answer computer technology in all its forms but …
Sinclair P.30 ( maybe 60) - build it yourself stereo amp. Bit iffy on power trannies but it started the transformation to sound
Sinclair (again) ZX81 - started the coding rot , soon moved to bigger and better PC’s
Nakamichi in all its guises , ultimately the CR7e - made cassette a realistic medium
Stax SR3 we’re quite simply stunning (wore them out)
Quad ESL 63 and the whole Quad drive train
Apple iPod , brought on the move and remote listening to life (still have and still use a classic 160 Gb)
Not sure if beer changed my life - OK yes it did.
I spent 37 years as a practicing (never perfect) brewer . Apart from waistline limitations what better career to get into. Turned pure organic chemistry into never ending study with a great end product
It’s an industry you can never predict, those little yeast cells try to trip you up now and then , not to mention the weather playing havoc with all your raw materials. A mix of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical engineering and sheer will power
Peter Hutchinson designs